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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89965
Last updated: 14 December 2020
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Time:09:14 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182S Skylane
Owner/operator:Heatherford Ltd
Registration: G-WHDP
C/n / msn: 182-80178
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF St Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Elstree Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Destination airport:RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall (NQY/EGHQ)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 23-06-2001 when crashed on landing at RAF St. Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall. The pilot was killed - he died in hospital of burns injuries nine days later - and the three passengers (reportedly the pilots wife and children) sustained serious injuries. According to the following excerpt from the AAIB report into the accident:

"The accident occurred when the pilot of a Cessna 182S lost control of his aircraft during the roll out phase of a landing on Runway 31 at RAF St Mawgan. The aircraft, which had touched down to the left of the runway centre line and maintained a higher than normal speed, veered to the right and then as power was applied ground looped to the left and departed the runway. It became airborne for a short distance before impacting with the ground and catching fire.

After the runway excursion the aircraft was possibly affected by the rotor down-wash from a Sea King helicopter positioned near the runway and air taxiing to take off. The passengers, one of whom was knocked unconscious in the impact, escaped with non-life threatening injuries. The pilot, who also escaped from the aircraft, was severely burned and died of his injuries nine days later.

There was a court case as a result of this accident. Although the Coroner ruled that the pilots death was "accidental", (see link #3), the family of the deceased pilot sued the Ministry of Defence for negligence, and were awarded 5,000.000 (five million pounds sterling) in compensation (see links #4 and #5)

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-WHDP was cancelled by the CAA on 31-12-2001 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
6. NTSB Identification: NYC01WA152 at

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

09-Feb-2011 14:30 harro Added
09-Feb-2011 14:38 harro Updated [Total fatalities]
11-Oct-2012 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Feb-2015 17:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Jul-2016 16:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jul-2016 16:33 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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